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The Scottish SPCA is appealing for information after a dog was found dead in the Harthill Road area of Shotts.
We were notified by a member of the public who found the dog on 5 October.
Inspector Dawn Robertson said, “The male long-haired chihuahua was found at around 8pm.
“The person who alerted us to the dog found him on a back road. He was still dry and rigor mortis had not yet set in.
“The post-mortem results showed that the cause of death was severe trauma to the neck region which caused the neck to break.
“This suggests this was a deliberate act.
“He was in poor body condition and had fleas. He was not neutered or microchipped.
“We would like to determine the circumstances surrounding the dog’s death. It is a criminal offence to harm or kill an animal and we are keen to find the person responsible.
“If anyone can help with our enquiry, we would urge them to call our confidential animal helpline on 03000 999 999.”